For one week, Doris Grant has been making the trek from Savannah to Hilton Head Island, passing each day by the street where she lived for more than 20 years.
At 62, the Hilton Head Island High School custodian was forced to leave her mobile home on Simmonsville Road in Bluffton after her step-mother lost the property to foreclosure and a new buyer moved in.
Though Grant, known as "Ms. Doris," has moved in with her son in Savannah, she hopes to soon shorten her commute, with some help from the community.
Students and other community members have raised nearly $6,500 to help Grant get back on her feet.
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She says she and a friend plan to look for a piece of land next week they could share.
"My journey just started," Grant said. "But everything is just about the same. I'm just holding on."
Grant says she is still working to sell her mobile home. First, she must get a lien on the home released.
The process has been just as difficult as gathering information about her step-mother's property, to which Grant signed away her rights in order to prevent it from becoming heirs property. Heirs property is difficult to get a clear title for because it has been passed down for generations without wills or other documents of ownership.
She continued to live on the land in a mobile home that sat far back on the property, not visible from Simmonsville Road.
Her step-mother, Gardenia White of New York City, says she lost the land after she fell ill in 2009 and couldn't afford her mortgage payments.
While Grant saved money over the years on rent, she says she has spent the past 30 years living paycheck to paycheck.
Before losing her home, she had hoped to leave work this year, after 15 years at Hilton Head High.
To donate to Doris Grant, visit http://www.gofundme.com/s72aqtg.
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